In this episode of the Theopologetics Podcast I discuss Sola Scriptura, the doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness, and that it is the ultimate authority and rule of faith for the believer. I look at what serves instead as the authority for Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, as well as the view of some Christians, such as the Churches of Christ, who take Sola Scriptura to an unjustified extreme.
- Megadeth, Truth Be Told, from the The System Has Failed album, 2004
- FLAME, Sola Scriptura, from the Rewind album, 2005
- Unbelievable?, with Justin Brierley.
- Available on Premier Christian Radio in the United Kingdom, Saturdays 2:30-4:00pm.
- Also available in the Unbelievable? podcast (new episodes posted shortly after they air).
- Bibliology: the study of the nature of the Bible, the Word of God.
- Roman Catholicism: Christians and churches belonging to the Roman Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See.
- Mormonism: the most populous branch of the Latter Day Saint movement (LDS), founded by Joseph Smith.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses: a pseudo-Christian nontrinitarian movement distinct from mainstream Christianity, directed by the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- Inspired: from the Greek theopneustos, meaning “God-breathed.”
- Inerrancy: the view that as the recorded words breathed out by God, the Bible is without error as originally written, and that it has been transmitted reliably throughout the millennia.
- Catholic Encyclopedia: “Tradition and Living Magisterium“
- www.mormon.org: “God’s Commandments“, “Follow the Prophet”
- www.lds.org: “Prophets“; “Prophets of God“
- Jehovah’s Witnesses
- The Watchtower, Nov. 1, 1990; Feb. 15, 1983; Feb. 15, 1967
- Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1939
- Qualified to be Ministers, 1967
- Testing false prophets
- Scripture is God-breathed
- False prophets in the latter days
- Capacity to interpret through indwelling of the Holy Spirit
- Teachers gifted by God to the Church
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Curious. Why does ‘God breathed’ mean we have God’s very words? In Genesis, when God breathes, it animates a corpse. Why couldn’t we see scriptures in the same light that God breathes life into the scriptures – not necessarily that they’re innerant?
Also, I’ve been thinking 2 Kings 3:19 cf Deuteronomy 20:19. It seems they shouldn’t have chopped down the trees and yet Elisha commanded it. Also, they didn’t conquer everything in the 2 Kings 3 story and yet Elisha is not condemned as a false prophet. What are your thoughts on these issues?